Women Owned Business

Certified Women’s Business Enterprise

Did you know that every year the Federal and local Governments allocate a certain amount of money for contracted work to minority, women owned, and disadvantaged businesses? It is estimated that 42% or approximately 13 million businesses in the United States are owned by women. These women owned businesses have 9.4 million employees and generate $1.9 trillion in revenue. The number of women owned businesses has increased since 1978 when Maryland’s General Assembly passed legislation to establish a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program. The MBE program encourages minority-owned organizations, including women owned, to participate in the State procurement process. Current MBE law requires agencies to make every effort to achieve an overall minimum goal of 29% of the total dollar value of their procurement contracts directly or indirectly from certified MBE firms.

Other advantageous programs for women owned businesses are The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Women Business Enterprises (WBE). A WBENC Certification is the most widely recognized and respected national certification for women-owned businesses in the United States. A WBE is equally as distinguished at the State, City, and County levels. All these programs are business tools designed to increase opportunities for women owned enterprises and assist with government contracting. 

L’IMAGE is a Certified WBEWomen Owned Business

L’IMAGE Design Studio is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise through the Maryland Department of Transportation. This means that L’IMAGE is majority woman owned and controlled. Louann, the principle interior designer, architect, and owner of L’IMAGE Design Studio has attained a WBE certification federally along with in Baltimore City and multiple counties in Maryland. Jokingly referred to as “The Blind Lady” by her fellow contractors and peers, Louann by does much more than government contracts for blinds and window treatments. Most of the time she is the Prime project manager meaning that she won the government bid and is charge of a project. These projects can include window treatments, security, blinds, interior design, architecture, and furnishing of government buildings and more. Sometimes other government contract bid winners need help from the best and contact Louann for a collaboration on a project.

Louann’s business knowledge and expertise in the interior design and architectural world is inspirational for many women business owners. Check out the website if you would like more information about L’IMAGE Design Studio’s residential and commercial services. For more information about becoming a government contractor for any product or service contact your local, state, or federal government. Now is the perfect time to advance your women owned business and to support other women owned enterprises.